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Mavic’s caps, beanies and headbands are equal parts style, comfort and protection. Helmets get all the glory, but the right headwear beneath your lid can make a ride unquestionably warmer, drier or...

Cycling headwear, whether it's a cap, beanie or headband, is a popular choice for many cyclists looking to protect themselves and improve comfort during their outings. Common questions involve the usefulness of headwear, the differences between summer and winter models, their ability to wick away perspiration, the materials used, their UV protection, their compatibility with helmets, their wind resistance, their durability and, finally, their maintenance.
Why wear headgear when cycling?
 
Cycling headwear is essential for a number of reasons: it protects against the harmful effects of the sun (which can radiate even through the helmet, especially for those with thinning hair), it helps to wick away perspiration and, in winter, it keeps you warm. What's more, a cycling cap, for example, can also protect the cyclist's eyes from rain and sun, improving visibility.
What's the difference between summer and winter styles?
 
Summer-focused products are primarily designed to be light and breathable and to efficiently wick away perspiration, while offering protection against UV rays. Winter headwear, on the other hand, is made from insulating materials to retain heat and protect cyclists from freezing temperatures, while remaining sufficiently breathable to prevent overheating.
How do I care for my cycling headwear?
 
We recommend washing headwear by hand or in a gentle washing machine cycle, using a mild detergent. After washing, leave to dry in the open air, away from sources of direct heat. It's also a good idea to store cycling headwear in a dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve color and integrity.
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